Meet the Officer Board



Claire Fernandez

I am your president this year! I’m so excited to get to know all of you! I am a senior, majoring in Finance and Biology and getting certificates in Healthcare Management and Global Health. I just applied to medical school and am excited for what this year and the future hold. I currently work in a research lab in the Dept. of Endocrinology and as a medical assistant at Our Lady of Hope clinic. I’m involved in Greek life and the UW-Swim Club and love having friends all over campus. In my free time, I love just hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants and watching what seems like every tv show on Netflix. I’m here to serve as a resource for you all, so always feel free to reach out. I’m always happy to grab coffee and chat!

Vice President

IMG_9618 (2)Jack Shireman

Hi AED’ers, my name is Jack Shireman and I am the vice president for this year. My duties as your vice president are to coordinate and oversee some major events like the surgery shadowing program, as well as the phlebotomy course and CPR class. I am also the go to person for the president, and between the both of us we basically make sure everything in the club runs smoothly. I am currently a senior Neurobiology major and I am applying for MD/PhD programs to enter into next year. I love doing research, and work in two different labs on campus that I would be happy to talk about. I am also a housefellow in the lakeshore dorms and a HELP volunteer at Meriter hospital. Im excited for my role as vice president this year and look forward to meeting all of you!


Laura Josephson

LauraHi! My name is Laura Josephson and I’m your Secretary this year for AED.  I am a senior majoring in Pharmacology & Toxicology with a Certificate in Global Health. I’m part of UW Swim Club and Badger Volunteers, and a fun fact about me is I have never broken a bone! I’m involved in drug discovery research in the School of Pharmacy as well as play violin in the All University String Orchestra. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat; I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you!



Kayla Rasmussen

I’m the Historian of AED. I’m also a Junior majoring in Genetics, currently working as an Information Assistant at UW Health and as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Sondel’s cancer immunotherapy lab. I  also volunteer at American Family Children’s Hospital and welcome any questions members may have about getting involved in research or volunteering. My favorite activities to de-stress from school are biking, swimming, and binge-watching Netflix (but let’s be honest, Netflix takes highest priority).
As Historian of AED, I will keep up-to-date records of members’ current point totals so that our organization runs smoothly.
screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-11-43-19-amShannon Wittel
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Wittel, and I’m the Treasurer here in AED. I deal with the financial side of the club such as collecting your dues and creating budgets. I’m a Junior here at UW Madison. My major is Nutritional Science, and I’m currently getting a certificate in Global Health. I volunteer in the Emergency Room at St. Mary’s Hospital, and I’m in the Motor and Brain Development Lab at the Waisman Center researching cognitive development in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I’m also a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority here on campus. A fun fact about me is that I’m a certified Yoga Sculpt instructor. I hope you all take advantage of the wonderful opportunities AED has to offer!
 Volunteer Chair


Emily Fahl

Hi, everyone! My name is Emily and I’m a senior majoring in biology and Spanish with a certificate in global health. I’m super excited to be one of the volunteer co-chairs this year and hope to find a lot of cool opportunities for us to get involved in throughout the Madison community. Around campus, I am involved in the UW Center for Women’s Health where I am a data analyst assistant researching bias in who receives medical research grants and am a member of National Organization for Women. I work as a substitute at an after school program, volunteer in the pediatric unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, and have worked at the best place in the world, Phantom Lake YMCA Camp, for the past four summers. I studied abroad Spring 2016 in Sevilla, Spain and loved traveling (and eating) through Europe. I’m planning on taking a gap year before medical school and would love to help answer any questions you might have about studying abroad, gap years, or life in general! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all!

Co-Social Chairs


Morgan Blaser

My name is Morgan Blaser. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology and Psychology with a criminal justice certificate. I am hoping to one day be a reconstructive surgeon who specializes in accident and trauma victims. I am a part of AED, AMSA, The Wisconsin Fishing Team and a STEM Immersion leader. I work in a lab in the plastics department at the UW Hospital on common injuries to the hand and how to fix them. My favorite tv show is Criminal Minds and my favorite thing to do on campus is play beach volleyball.
Jennijenna-social-chair-1fer Powell
Hello! I’m Jenna Powell and I am one of your two social chairs this year. I am a sophomore working towards a Neurobiology major and a Dance Therapy certificate. I work in the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center as an undergraduate researcher; we focus on the effects of mediation and mindfulness on stress and neural pathways. I am hoping to continue on and become a Neurologist. I am a certified EMT. Opposite of medicine, I love all things art; I’m in a choir here at UW, and love to go to concerts, plays, and musicals. I am a true coffee addict, seeing as I worked in a coffee shop for a few years. I also love hiking and getting lost in nature. If you have any questions about neuro, need someone to grab coffee and discuss life, or want a buddy for a concert or show, let me know! I can’t wait to get to know you guys!

Public Relations/Social Media Chair


Taylor Klein

Hi everyone!  I’m your PR Chair this year!  I am a senior, majoring in Microbiology with an emphasis in Immunology and a certificate in Global Health.  I just applied to medical school and will be attending Midwestern University- AZCOM in Glendale, AZ, in the Fall of 2017!  I currently work as an Advanced EMT with McFarland Fire and Rescue and Cross Plains Area EMS.  I was involved in research for the AHA in the Department of Cardiology; and I’ve been involved with the UWPD First Responders, Badger SPILL, and the Undergraduate Microbiology Club on campus.  I also went on a mission trip with Global Medical Brigades to Honduras and participated in AED’s surgical shadowing program! In my free time, I love trying out new hiking spots, swimming and getting lost in a book (though not all at the same time 🙂 ).  If you want to chat about any of this let me know! I also love coffee 😉 !

Junior/Senior Board Representative

screenshot-2016-09-19-at-9-48-18-amEric Malamud

Hey everyone, my name is Eric Malamud and I am a Junior double majoring in Neurobiology and Entrepreneurship. I’ll be your Junior/Senior representative this year. I became a member of AED freshman year and really enjoy all of the opportunities that it presents. I hope to make your experiences just as great as mine. I’m also part of a few other organizations on campus such as the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, WASB, and Big Brothers Big Sisters so feel free to ask me any questions you have about getting involved. Throughout the summer I worked in a Cancer research lab, which has given me a lot of valuable insight into medicine and what I want to do in the future. As a board member I hope to use what I have learned from my time at UW to continue to help AED grow. Feel free to come to me with any event ideas that you have throughout the year. Some interesting facts about me are that I am fluent in Russian, I love basketball, and I have traveled to 29 different countries.

Freshman/Sophomore Board Representatives 

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I’m a sophomore this year and one of AED’s Freshman/Sophomore Board Representatives.  I’m majoring in Kinesiology and also am currently involved in AED, Kinesiology Club, Badger Volunteering, volunteering at Children’s Hospital and working at Union South. I love watching the sunset from the terrace docks and watching The Office.


Amanda Mix

My name is Amanda Mix and I am one of the Freshman/Sophomore Representatives. I am a sophomore majoring in Neurobiology and Spanish. In addition to AED, I am an undergraduate research assistant in Bradley Postle’s Neuroscience of Working Memory lab, involved in my sorrority, Alpha Xi Delta, in the Chancellor’s Scholars program, and I volunteer at the hospital.  I try to be active and run, but I also love Dr. Pepper!

Sahibnoor Kaur

Hey everyone! I’m the Freshman Board Representative for AED and my job is to make sure the Freshman voice is heard, so please don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions— I’m super friendly, I promise! I’m a freshman (obviously) majoring in Neurobiology and considering a Certificate in Global Health. I will begin to volunteer at UW Health very soon and I am currently an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Banks’s lab where we are researching post-surgical delirium, its causes, and ways to reduce it/its effects. I hope to someday be a neurosurgeon. I am currently involved in AED, UNS, and WPS, and I look forward to joining more clubs next semester. Some of my hobbies include: binge-watching Netflix, taking group fitness classes at the Nat, and sleeping. I also have a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do so I’m trying to get more active in the Tae Kwon Do club on campus.

If you would like some help connecting with upperclassmen in the club, I’ve got very direct contact with all the officers, so I’ll be more than happy to help. Also feel free to make any suggestions about things we can do for the freshmen (still working on that one myself) or mention any concerns or questions you have about anything!